Harlan County, USA is a 1976 Oscar-winning documentary film covering the "Brookside Strike" ,an effort of 180 coal miners and their wives against the Duke Power Company-owned Eastover Coal Company's Brookside Mine and Prep Plant in Harlan County, southeast Kentucky in 1973. Directed and produced by Barbara Kopple, who has long been an advocate of workers' rights, Harlan County, U.S.A. is less ambivalent in its attitude toward unions than her later American Dream, the account of the Hormel Foods strike in Austin, Minnesota in 1985-86.
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this film is still shown in film schools across the world because it shows the power and importance of documentary filmmaking. It is heart wrenching and mesmerizing to watch these working people fight for a better life in Kentucky coal country in 1976.
This is old school filmmaking with 16mm cameras and cumbersome sound recorders. The film makers worked very hard to produce this eternal document.